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LG G4 hands-on: Quantum physics, leather and a smarter camera

LG G4 hands-on: Quantum physics, leather and a smarter camera

There’s never been a tougher time to introduce a new smartphone, but LG thinks it has a hit on its hands with the new LG G4 for 2015. Building on last year’s G3 with a better camera, more high-quality materials, and a cleaner Android install, it may have a vaguely nonsensical tagline - “See the great. Feel the great” - but marketing hyperbole can usually be forgiven if the device lives up to expectations. I spent some time with the G4 to see why LG is talking Quantum Mechanics and movie theaters for its new flagship.

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Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu Selfie is the perfect smartphone for narcissists

Blu is releasing a new, unlocked Android smartphone, catering to millennials and selfie enthusiasts everywhere. The aptly named Selfie, focuses on generating high-quality selfies, but doesn't neglect its other features. Most smartphones let focus on the main camera while taking a light-handed approach to the front-facing lens. Selfie boasts two 13MP cameras with Sony IMX135 sensors. The main camera can record HD 1080P @ 30 FPS. An 88-degree, wide angle expands your range of possibilities for the perfect shot. The front-facing camera features a "glam flash" designed to output flattering lighting in a low-lit club for a no-filter selfie.

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Samsung unveils ‘Backup Memory’ app to help Alzheimer’s patients

Samsung unveils ‘Backup Memory’ app to help Alzheimer’s patients

Samsung has introduced a new app called “Backup Memory” designed specifically to help those afflicted with Alzheimers. The app is the result of an effort by Samsung Electronics Tunisia (SETN) workers, among them being Azer Jaafoura who said, “We wanted to make life easier for Alzheimer’s patients as well as their caretakers.” Ultimately they produced the Backup Memory app, which aims to stimulate the user’s memory (if they’re suffering from early Alzheimer’s, that is). Among other things, the app shows how the user is related to someone.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

The device you're seeing here is not what it seems. While you might have never owned an Alcatel smartphone before - and you might never have even seen one in the wild - they've been around for a while. Here, with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, the company has created a device that aims to take out the top tier with a surprisingly lower-tier bit of cost. While this smartphone does not break the bank, it certainly brings some heat to the feet of its far more expensive competitors.

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Lenovo K80 takes on ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM, price tag

Lenovo K80 takes on ASUS ZenFone 2 with 4GB RAM, price tag

ASUS may have just launched its 4 GB RAM toting ZenFone 2 in some markets, including India, but looks like it immediately has some competition in China. Lenovo has just unveiled the K80, it's own take on a smartphone that fully utilizes the 64-bit powers of its CPU. But the Lenovo K80 isn't just gunning for the ASUS ZenFone 2 in RAM alone. It is taking it on almost spec by spec, but slightly winning over its rival when it comes to battery size and the price tag.

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Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Last week, we showed you how to find your Android phone with a simple Google search. Now Google is introducing new features that allow you to push data to your phone through your desktop browser. You can send directions from the web to your phone; just type "send directions" into Google and a drop-down menu should pop up allowing you to "send directions to [your] phone." Then, Google Maps will automatically open on your phone, and you'll be ready to navigate away from your desktop.

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Xperia P2 leak resembles a slightly different Xperia Z4

Xperia P2 leak resembles a slightly different Xperia Z4

It's been quite a while, three years in fact, since we've last seen a P series smartphone. In fact, there has actually only been one member of that family, until now. At least, if this latest leak is to believed. The rather strange thing about this Xperia P2 is not that it exists, considering how the Xperia P wasn't exactly a hit. It is the fact that its spec sheet make it look like a thicker variant of the just announced Xperia Z4, a smartphone that itself is still shrouded in mystery, that makes it rather curious.

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Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Hackers able to steal fingerprints from Galaxy S5, other Android phones

Fingerprint readers have quickly become commonplace on our smartphones, and while they are touted as offering some of the best security, it seems that may not be true across the board. A group of researchers at FireEye have reported a flaw in certain Android phones like the Galaxy S5 that could allow hackers to steal fingerprint data. Now, before you start panicking and preparing to set your fingerprint-based phone on fire in the name of security, know that this can only take place in extremely limited situations, and as for Android itself, the loophole was already patched with the release of Lollipop.

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Google officially discontinues Nexus 7 tablet

Google officially discontinues Nexus 7 tablet

If you're in the market for an affordable, highly-rated, not-too-big-not-too-small tablet, your chances to buy the Nexus 7 are quickly running out. If you were planning to purchase one from Google directly, then your ship has already sailed. That's because the company officially discontinued the 7-inch tablet on Friday, and is no longer selling it on the Google Store's website. You can still find one from other places, but you better act fast.

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Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

The Apple Watch has been launched today - more or less - and is being proliferated around the world through the eyes and ears of onlookers. While some consumers have gotten their devices, most of the population of the world has yet to jump aboard the smartwatch train - or even the wearables train. As such, we've had a talk with Andrej Kostresevic, CEO for Nomads, about what it'll take to bring the smartwatch to the public, starting with the idea that Android Wear has a "lack of friction" and the idea that Google Glass "failed."

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